Moving to Westminster
Westminster, with a population of over 200,000, is a historically significant and beautiful area in central London. In fact, the area is the only World Heritage Site in the central London. Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the area was once the capital of the city of London. And today, the area is home to some of the most important and influential buildings and professions in the UK. The area is also home to some of the most influential residents in the country: both the Queen and the Prime Minister live within the borough.
The area is highly sought after: it is a prestigious and convenient location in the capital. It also draws in exceptionally high numbers of visitors, with over 28 million tourists and visitors to the area every year. Fans of history are spoilt by the wealth and number of exceptional buildings and monuments. Equally, this is a dream location for fans of retail therapy, with Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly all on your doorstep.
The area is named after the Abbey and church at the heart of the area. ‘Westmynstre’, as it was in old English, is the informal description meaning west of the city of London and became the formal name of the area. Westminster Abbey is one of the most historically important buildings in the area and in London as a whole.
Westminster is an exceptionally historic part of London: home to a large number of the UK’s most recognised buildings. It has been the home to the permanent governmental buildings of the UK since the 1200’s. As home to both the Houses of Parliament and UK Supreme Court, are area is steeped in the democratic and legal development and history of England.
Westminster: the highlights and culture
Westminster is home to one of the highest concentrations of historical landmarks and exciting visitor attractions, drawing visitors from all over the UK and abroad. Residents, and visitors to the area enjoy days full of exploring internationally recognised sites such as:
• Buckingham Palace
• Westminster Abbey
• Westminster Cathedral
• Palace of Westminster and Big Ben
• Houses of Parliament
Things to do in Westminster
• Visit Covent Garden, which is shared between the Westminster and Camden boroughs
• Talk a walk to Hyde Park, and stop to enjoy the peace and watch the deer
• Catch a show at the West End – famous for its theatres, art galleries, museums, and excellent shopping
• Spend time visiting all of the famous historic buildings: Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, and St James’s Palace to name a few
• Enjoy the Green park – one of the Royal Parks of London
Where to live in Westminster
Property in Westminster is highly sought after, being home to some of the most exclusive and expensive properties in the world. The real-estate in Westminster comes as at a premium, with the average detached home selling for £5.9 million.
The area boasts a mix of residential property: from modern luxury apartments, large Victorian homes, Georgian houses, and terraced homes. And whilst the property prices are high across SW1, the prices are lower than in the neighbouring areas of Mayfair, Belgravia and Knightsbridge.
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Family life and education in Westminster
Westminster is a very popular area with families, due to the close proximity to amenities and a great school district. The area is home to a large number of high-ranking state schools as well as highly respected private schools. It’s also home to the prestigious Westminster School with its grounds amongst the Abbey.
For those looking at opportunities in higher education, the borough is the birthplace of the University of Westminster. The University has 20,000 students from around the world, studying up to PhD level qualifications.
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Westminster travel information
Residents of Westminster benefit from excellent transport links. There are three main underground stations: Westminster, St James’s Park and Victoria (all three stations are on the District and Circle Lines). You can access the Jubilee line via Westminster tube station, with direct access to Canary Wharf. Trains to Oxford Circus run along the Victoria line from the Victoria station.
All tube stations in the area fall within Zone 1 of the London Underground system. For travel outside of London, Victoria Station also runs trains to and from South London, Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
Paddington Station is within the Borough of Westminster. From here you can access a wealth of national train lines, reaching much of London and the south of England, as well as Wales.
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